Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Mac and Cheese Pancake: and brunch for dinner

We wanted something savoury for Shrove Tuesday.  And there was leftover mac and cheese in the fridge.  Pancakes are made on Shrove Tuesday to use up food before Lent begins.  So it is in that spirit that we made pancakes full of mac and cheese.  And served them as brunch for dinner!

When we go to the Pancake Parlour they have a breakfast pancake dish but not in my style.  So I made the sort of pancake fry up that I wish for: pancakes, hash brown, vegetarian sausage, fried tomatoes, tofu bacon, baked beans and spinach, all served with tropical juice.  I had wished I had the energy for vegan omelette and that I had a few mushrooms to fry up but it was pretty good and so filling.

The pancakes were just a matter of mixing mac and cheese with an adaption of a favourite pancake mixture.  I halved the pancake mixture I usually do to allow for it bulking out with the pasta.  Oddly enough I didn''t taste a lot of the mac and cheese in the fry up.  Perhaps it would be different with macaroni pasta but I only had spirals when  made the mac and cheese the previous night.  But after tea I took out some caramel sauce and its sweetness worked really well on the salty cheesey pancakes.

More savoury pancakes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Aquafaba crepes with haggis (v)
Corn pancakes and salsa
Pancakes filled with potato and lentils
Pea pancakes with sun-dried tomato pesto
Potato, chickpea and cauliflower pancakes (v)  
Spinach pancakes  (gf, v)

Mac and Cheese Pancakes
Inspired by The Food Network
Makes 6

3/4 cup self raising flour
3/4 cup milk (I used soy)
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice bran oil
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 1/2 cups macaroni and cheese
margarine, for frying

Mix all ingredients (except margarine) to make a thick batter.  Let sit 5 minutes.  Meanwhile heat frypan over medium heat.  Rub a little knob of margarine to cover the pan.  Drop heaped dessertspoons of batter on the pan.  It takes quite a while (5 minutes or so) and in this mixture bubbles didn't appear.  It should be golden brown.  Flip over and cook another few minutes until browned on the other side too.  If not brown enough, keep flipping.

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  1. The fry up looks dreamy! Breakfast for dinner has saved me on many a busy evening. Comfort food at its best.

  2. I never remember that it's pancake day until the day and that's when I wish I had pancakes on hand! These sound great!

  3. I love this recipe. I want to make it tonight. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow! Well this I'll have to try. It's such a great idea and your whole plateful looks so tasty.

  5. I had never thought of a Mac and cheese pancake before, but now you have introduced me to the idea, I want one!

  6. What a great idea! I bet it's great as a 'breakfast for dinner' addition.

  7. brunch for dinner can be a good thing - ive seen mac n cheese pancakes before, but have never tried making them


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